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Achenblog: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

The Most Earth-Like Planet

This is a Cassini picture of the north polar region of Titan (right, ScienceTim? -- it came over the transom a couple of weeks ago). Dang if it don't look like the Chesapeake. That's the Potomac squiggling off to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 19, 2009; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (275)
 
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Glenn Beck, Time and Media Matters [Updated]

Here's what you do: First read Jamison Foser's Media Matters excoriation of my close friend David Von Drehle's piece in Time about Glenn Beck. The headline is "How Time magazine enables Glenn Beck's lies." Now read Greg Mitchell's piece...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 18, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (258)
 
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T. rex's Mini-Me

[Because we need more paleontology in this space: My story on the Web today. Note that the writer at National Geographic, Rebecca Caroll, also went with the "Mini-Me" concept. That's convergent journalistic evolution (or just an obvious idea I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 17, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Race-Baiting 24/7

I listened to Rush Limbaugh open his show yesterday with a rather incomprehensible rant about black kids beating up a white kid on a bus in St. Louis. Limbaugh was trying to use sarcasm to denounce people who cry...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 16, 2009; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (292)
 
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Rancor Roundup

Spent the day on the Hill and typed up a story on the maelstrom of rancor. Excerpt: In the House chamber, Rep. Joe Wilson argued that he should not be reprimanded for shouting "You lie!" at the president. Democrats...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 15, 2009; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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"The Good Soldiers"

Everyone's on pins and needles to get their hands on the big book coming out today. But they should consider grabbing a different book -- "The Good Soldiers," by my colleague David Finkel. It's the most impressive piece of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 15, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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Government, Pro and Con

[Late afternoon bulletin: Taking a shower is dangerous. I knew it! I don't trust water in general. Emanates deadly humours and whatnot.] I have a follow-up question for those who answered the Post-ABC News poll on Obama's health care...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 14, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
 
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The Perils of Crowd Estimates

First let's do the numbers: I don't know how many people were on hand Saturday for the anti-government protest. A lot. There were easily enough to fill a football stadium, seemed to me. But there was a distorting effect...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 14, 2009; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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